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This should be denounced forcefully and strongly… from the White House (not just Trump speaking, but an official policy statement): What You Need To Know About The Violent Animals Of MS-13

As someone who has a house in El Salvador, I know there are lots of issues with gangs, BUT this sort of dehumanization (which echos Trump’s earlier statement) should be denounced forcefully. Shame on all those who worked on this and all those who hesitate before resigning when asked to do similar things.

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News Coverage: Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers’ Rights

News Coverage: Nina Totenberg, Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers’ Rights, NPR, May 21, 2018.

New Op-ed: What kind of country would tear apart and lock up families fleeing violence in their homelands? Ours

New Op-ed: LA Times Editorial Board, What kind of country would tear apart and lock up families fleeing violence in their homelands? Ours, L.A. Times, May, 8, 2018.

New Book: Decolonizing Academia Poverty, Oppression and Pain

9781773630748_300_450_90New Book: Clelia O. Rodríguez, Decolonizing Academia Poverty, Oppression and Pain (2018). Overview below:

Refreshing and radical, Decolonizing Academia speaks to those who have been taught to doubt themselves because of the politics of censorship, violence and silence that sustain the Ivory Tower. Clelia O. Rodríguez illustrates how academia is a racialized structure that erases the voices of people of colour, particularly women, and their potential. She offers readers a gleam of hope through the voice of an inquisitorial thinker and methods of decolonial expression: poetry, art and reflections that encompass more than theory.

Decolonizing Academia is the voice of a Latinx academic mother passing on the torch to her Latinx offspring to use as a tool to not only survive academic spaces but also dismantle systems of oppression. Rodríguez presents ideas that many have tried to appropriate, ignore, erase and consume in the name of “research.” Her work is a survival guide for people of colour entering academia.

New Report: Measuring Mobility from Poverty

New Report: Gregory Acs et al., Measuring Mobility from Poverty (US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, 2018).

New Article: “In an Avalanche Every Snowflake Pleads Not Guilty”: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration and Impediments to Women’s Fair Housing Rights

New Article: George Lipsitz, “In an Avalanche Every Snowflake Pleads Not Guilty”: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration and Impediments to Women’s Fair Housing Rights, 59 UCLA L. Rev. 1746 (2012). Abstract below:

In our society, individual acts of intentional discrimination function in concert with historically created vulnerabilities; these vulnerabilities are based on disfavored identity categories and amplify each injustice and injury. Although anyone can be a victim of housing discrimination, women of color suffer distinct collateral injuries from barriers to housing that are collective and cumulative in nature. At the intersections of race and gender, the welfare and dignity of black women and Latinas are undermined by the national failure to enforce fair housing and fair employment laws, by the concentration of poverty in neighborhoods inhabited largely by blacks and Latinos, by the criminalization of poverty, by the proliferation of punishments inside the criminal justice system, and by the expansion of the collateral consequences of arrests and criminal convictions in society at large. Produced by a plethora of public policies and private actions, these injuries entail more than denials of rights and resources to individuals. They evidence the existence and extent of a concentrated political attack on communities of color. Women play a central role in these practices because punitive policies are almost always legitimated by allegations of nonnormative behavior by poor people and people of color, allegations that occlude the actual intersectional vulnerabilities created by multiple forms of raced and gendered exploitation inscribed inside the routine practices of contemporary capitalism. This Article delineates how housing and employment discrimination combine to make black women and Latinas particularly vulnerable to surveillance, arrest, and incarceration. It shows how race and gender discrimination make reentry into society especially difficult for women ex-offenders from aggrieved communities of color. It establishes the historical causes and consequences of moral panics about the putative misbehavior of women of color, and it concludes by proposing a combination of litigation, legislation, and social mobilization to address the execrable consequences of intersectional discrimination and mass incarceration.

Call-for-Papers: 2018 SALT Teaching Conference, Oct. 5-6, 2018, Penn State Law

The 2018 SALT Teaching Conference will take place on October 5-6, 2018 at Penn State Law in University Park, PA.  The LatCrit-SALT Junior Faculty Development Conference will be held on October 4th.

The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) welcomes proposals for the 2018 SALT Teaching Conference: Legal Education for a Changing Society. Suggested proposal topics should center around innovative strategies, techniques, and approaches to prepare students for practicing law in a time of profound technological and societal change.  We are delighted that  the Association of American Law Schools Section on Technology, Law, and Legal Education is holding its first conference collaboratively with SALT at the 2018 Teaching Conference.

For more information about registering and the call for proposals: https://w2.pennstatelaw.psu.edu/forms/salt/ and https://w2.pennstatelaw.psu.edu/forms/salt/SALT-2018-Teaching-Conference-CFP.pdf

[Important] News Coverage: Which Poor People Shouldn’t Have to Work for Aid?

[Important] News Coverage: Emily Badger & Margot Sanger-Katz, Which Poor People Shouldn’t Have to Work for Aid?, N.Y. Times, May 15, 2018. [Covering the racism of Michigan’s work requirements and rural exemptions.]

[Self-promotion] New Long Op-Ed / Short Essay: Medicaid Waivers and Political Preferences for Indians

Shiprock[Self-promotion] New Long Op-Ed / Short Essay: Ezra Rosser, Medicaid Waivers and Political Preferences for Indians, Harvard Law Review Blog, May 16, 2018.

Media Coverage of the Revived Poor People’s Campaign

For media coverage of the revived Poor People’s Campaign, which began a 40 day protest campaign on Monday, see:

-Thanks to Lisa Pruitt for the nudge! =)